An “impaired” driver, Tashonty Toney, 32, killed two people and injured seven more with his car. The people who were hit were cycling at the time of the crash.
The crash occurred in New Orleans, right as Mardi Gras festivities were going into full swing. New Orleans police are investigating the crash.
Toney, who is the son of an NOPD officer, is believed to have been impaired at the time of the accident. Police responded to a crash that involved a car and bicyclists, finding two dead and seven injured. According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred when a dark Chevrolet sports car attempted to pass another vehicle on the right.
According to the eyewitness report, when the Chevrolet attempted to pass, they went into the cyclists’ lane. Then, the vehicle accelerated to near 80 mph. The two people who were killed were a man and a woman, both 30 years old.
Neither of the victims has been identified. Among the injured were a 62-year-old man, a 56-year-old man, a 53-year-old woman, and two 28-year-old women.
Toney faces several counts. These include two counts of vehicular homicide, seven counts of vehicular negligent injury, hit and run and reckless operation. It is unclear at the time of writing whether Toney has an attorney or whether he has pleaded his innocence or guilt.
Online records show that Toney’s birthday occurred on Saturday.
With regards to Toney’s father being an NOPD officer, a spokesperson for the New Orleans Police stated; “This discovery does not change and will not impact our department’s investigation which will be open and transparent.”
“It is believed Toney was impaired at the time of the incident,” police tweeted. Toney is “going through standard protocol in regards to breathalyzers, blood exams, things of that nature, in order to determine his condition at the time of this accident.”